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Telecommunication in Canada

The development of telecommunications in Canada is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 45.70 million connections in 2020. Among them were 32.36 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.85 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 8.74 million webhosts, Canada is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.52 million million of these, or about 17 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 106.82 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Canada ranked 20th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 22.61 Mbit/second was significantly lower (69th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Canada comes 17th with a download speed of 71.46 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was only enough for 88th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Canada from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Canada 1998 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerCanada is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 97% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Canada
Total
Canada
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users36.85 m96.97 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users15.83 m41.64 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines13.34 m35.10 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars32.36 m85.15 %540.56 m120.71 %

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